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The WebApp Boilerplate is a frontend/backend JavaScript stack which is comprised of HTML/JavaScript/CSS tools and frameworks for building web applications. You can initialize and create a new project using the scaffold.


  • HTML5 Boilerplate helps you build fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites. Kick-start your project with the combined knowledge and effort of 100s of developers, all in one little package.
  • Grunt is a task-based command line build tool for JavaScript projects.
  • RequireJS is a JavaScript file and module loader.
  • Express is a minimal and flexible node.js web application framework, providing a robust set of features for building single and multi-page, and hybrid web applications.
  • Socket.IO aims to make realtime apps possible in every browser and mobile device, blurring the differences between the different transport mechanisms.
  • Redis is an open source, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets.
  • i18next is a full-featured i18n javascript library for translating your webapplication.
  • Logging with Winston.
  • URL routing with Director.
  • Role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Provides launching of multiple Node.js processes and sharing ports.
  • Provides combo handler service using combohandler middleware. You can use it with any other JavaScript or CSS to construct the combo URLs.
  • Serves multiple express apps using multihost middleware.
  • Unit testing framework integration using PhantomJS with QUnit.
  • The Web Service API provides direct, high-level access to the data.
  • Includes a sample web using RequireJS, jQuery, Underscore, Backbone and Twitter Bootstrap.


  1. Clone the git repo to your local computer

     $ git clone
  2. Install NodeJS (0.8.x)

    Click the link to download the Node.js source code or a pre-built installer for your platform.

  3. Install Node Package Manager (1.1.x)

    Click the link to download install script and follow the installation instructions.

     $ curl | sh
  4. Install Grunt, PhantomJS, node-supervisor and forever globally using NPM

    It will drop modules in {prefix}/lib/node_modules, and puts executables files in {prefix}/bin, where {prefix} is usually something like /usr or /usr/local.

     $ npm install -g grunt@0.4.x
     $ npm install -g grunt-cli
     $ npm install -g grunt-init
     $ npm install -g phantomjs
     $ npm install -g supervisor     # Use for development
     $ npm install -g forever        # Use for production
  5. Install Node modules using NPM

    • If you have development related dependencies which you do not want to install in production, specify them using the devDependencies property.
    • On development, using npm install will install dependencies specified in both the dependencies and devDependencies property.
    • On production, using npm install --production will ensure that the development dependencies are not installed.
  6. Install Redis to use RedisStore in Socket.IO

     $ yum install redis

Quick start

  • On development, use grunt dev to perform tasks such as linting and unit testing, and start the app with Node or Supervisor to monitor changes.

      $ grunt dev
      $ NODE_ENV=development supervisor app/main.js
  • On production, use grunt prod to create a production build. You can create a startup-script or init-script within your /etc/init.d folder, and it can be used to start, stop and respawn processes in the case of an exception crash.

      $ grunt prod
      $ BUILD=`pwd`/build/webapp-boilerplate-{version}
      $ cd $BUILD/site/webapp-boilerplate; npm install --production
      $ cd $BUILD/; npm install --production
      $ NODE_ENV=production forever app/main.js


WebApp Boilerplate is a production-ready JavaScript stack for both the front-end and back-end, which is comprised of HTML/JavaScript/CSS tools and frameworks for building web applications.







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